Suffering is Necessary Until We Realise it is Unnecessary

“Suffering is necessary until you realise it is unnecessary.”-Eckhart Tolle Suffering is a universal condition of human existence. The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer believed that while all life forms suffer, humans suffer more because we are self-aware and are endowed with the ability to contemplate the past and anticipate the future. This subjects us to…

Everything is a Path to Spiritual Freedom

“Surrender is the path to freedom through our unique authenticity, where we experience the flow of life not through the narrow lens of the mind, but through the vast refuge of the heart.”-Bryant H. McGill Everything in life can be seen as a path to more freedom or more bondage, depending on the perspective we choose to…

A Return to Innocence (Embracing the Unknown Beyond Conceptual Reality)

“To see a world in a grain of sandAnd a heaven in a wild flowerHold infinity in the palm of your handAnd eternity in an hour”– Auguries of Innocence (William Blake) I finally understood why William Blake’s poem was entitled Auguries of Innocence. Innocence is the original nature of creation before it was distorted through…

Co-Creating with Humility

“O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer,Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,How can we know the dancer from the dance?”– William Butler Yeats When I admire a beautiful work of art or music, such as Monet’s Water Lilies and Chopin’s Nocturnes, I cannot help but wonder…

10,000 Joys and 10,000 Sorrows (A Life of Gratitude)

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens A Life of Gratitude It is a true privilege to be a human being, even though it entails 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Though we have troubles, our blessings are far…

The Conspiracy of Silence (World Mental Health Day)

“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel This piece is written for World Mental Health Day (10 October 2019) There is a longstanding conspiracy of silence within the medical profession – doctors are not allowed to…

The Awakening – A Spiritual Odyssey (Night•Dawn•Day)

“This life’s five windows of the soul Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole, And leads you to believe a lie When you see with, not thro’, the eye That was born in a night, to perish in a night, When the soul slept in the beams of light.”– The Everlasting Gospel (William Blake) The…

Mastering Our Emotions (Emotional Intelligence)

“When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master.”-Baruch Spinoza We essentially have two minds – one that thinks and one that feels. Our intelligence quotient (IQ) only makes up about 20% of the factors that determine life success and the rest is dependent on our emotional intelligence (EI). Learning to master our emotions and understand the emotions…

Behind the Social Mask (Understanding Social Transactions)

“All the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players;They have their exits and their entrances;And one man in his time plays many parts…”-Shakespeare We all wear masks in our social lives and play multiple roles in our social interactions with others. Regardless of our age, we have all played the roles of…

A Love Letter to the Inner Child (Healing through Reparenting)

“Everything seemed possible, when I looked through the eyes of a child.And every once in a while, I remember,I still have the chance to be that wild.”-Nikki Rowe We all have an inner child within us – it is our natural personality with our innate instincts, intuition, emotions and creativity. As we grow older, the…